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  2. We are seeking to recruit a research technician as part of a project with the University of York based at the Humberhead Peatlands NNR, forming part of a project spanning several sites across the UK. The project aims to understand the breeding and population ecology of the European nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus). The project will focus on the collection of DNA from birds using buccal swabs in order to elucidate information on the species’ mating system and population ecology, linking these to habitat management practices and other environmental and ecological factors. The work will involve ringing, swabbing, radio tagging and tracking Nightjars, as well as nest searching to investigate breeding productivity. The work will take place between June & August 2019 and will involve long hours in the field. Effort will be concentrated primarily towards evening and nocturnal work, focusing on catching and tagging individuals. Tracking work, nest searching, data input and kit maintenance will take place during the day (afternoons). The work will be conducted in small teams of employees, students and volunteers. Shared accommodation will be provided on or near site for the duration of the field season. We are seeking an experienced avian field technician (£17, 408 pro rata dependent on experience). One person required for 8 -10 weeks, on a full-time basis, working typically ~35 hours per week (hours may vary dependent on weather & field conditions). The ideal candidate would have: · BTO A or C-permit ringing licence · Experience of ornithological fieldwork, particularly ringing and breeding surveys · Experience of, and enthusiasm for, working outdoors in unfavourable conditions / antisocial hours · Ability to work as part of a small team · Full, clean UK driving licence · Good physical fitness Desirable criteria: · Experience of fitting or using radio tags · Own transport If you are interested in the role please contact Dr Kathryn Arnold (Kathryn.Arnold@york.ac.uk), with your CV, 2 references and a short covering letter detailing previous experience. For informal enquiries, please contact George Day (PhD Student; gwd500@york.ac.uk).
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  4. AVIAN FIELD ASSISTANTS (6-8 positions) needed early May – late July 2019 to monitor forest and shrubland birds on public and private lands in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Surveys will consist of all-species bird point counts along transects. Qualified candidates will possess the skills necessary for identifying eastern forest birds by sight and sound. Although Golden-winged Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, and Wood Thrush are the primary focus of our surveys, technicians must be able to identify all birds encountered during passerine surveys. Technicians will also conduct vegetation surveys, enter data into a computer daily, and perform other field related activities as needed. Housing with 3-5 other technicians, field vehicles, and fuel will be provided. Strong applicants will have a passion for spending early mornings (and potentially some late evenings) in the field, be physically fit and capable of working in a rugged forested setting (with insects, snakes, poison ivy, etc.). Although technicians work in teams, avian surveys are conducted alone, and technicians must be prepared to occasionally walk up to >1 km to survey locations. The ability to communicate with private land owners and public land managers, navigate using a GPS, and work well in teams is also important, though basic training can be provided. Individuals seeking a challenging yet rewarding field position are encouraged to apply via the information below. Salary: $450-550/weekly DOE To apply: Please send in a single pdf document: 1) Brief letter of interest 2) Contact information for two references 3) Resume to Cameron Fiss: cafiss@syr.edu
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  6. DEPARTMENT OF MARINE AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNMENT Position Description: Wildlife Biologist III (Bird Specialist) General Description: The Wildlife Division of the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR), American Samoan Government, carries out numerous short- and long-term wildlife research, monitoring, and management programs on tropical forest birds, seabirds, fruit bats, sea turtles, invertebrates, invasive species and wildlife habitat. DMWR is seeking a Wildlife Biologist III to lead the Tropical Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (TMAPS) and Bird Population Monitoring programs. S/he will lead or assist in other Wildlife Division projects as needed. This is a 2-year contract position with possibility of extension. Salary range is $21,715 - $51,875 dependent on qualifications and education as determined by the ASG Department of Human Resources. The position includes travel to American Samoa, subsidized health care at the local hospital, a shipping allowance, and a housing stipend. Key Duties and Responsibilities: Lead the TMAPS bird banding project. Included duties: run 6 bird netting sites on Tutuila, manage the bird netting sites on Ta’u and Ofu, training and supervising interns, logistical planning, and reporting. Lead the point count based bird population monitoring project. Included duties: conducting quarterly point counts, improving project design to meet monitoring goals, reviewing, revising and drafting protocols, data analysis, grant writing, and reporting. Collaborate with and/or provide scientific and technical guidance to other Division biologists in the development, implementation, and write-up of wildlife projects. Assist in preparation and submission of grant proposals and reports. Conduct or supervise ecological impact assessments as needed. Represent the Wildlife Division and DMWR in professional meetings, workshops, and working groups within and outside of the Territory. Knowledge and Skills and Ability: Avian project management experience, preferably in tropical ecosystems. Experience with mist netting and bird banding and/or leading MAPS stations. Experience with bird population monitoring, including point counts and analysis of point count data to detect trends. Proven skills in report writing, data management, and data summarization. Applicants must be willing and able to accept off‑island work assignments and be able to work in rugged conditions (involving backpacking, camping) for periods at a time; ability to operate manual transmission vehicles is a plus. Experience working/living internationally, a strong work ethic, both independently and as a team player, a sense of adventure, the ability to be flexible when conditions require it, and a good sense of humor are all valuable assets. Academic and Experience Requirements: Applicant must have a MS in related field from an accredited university plus 4 years of work related experience, 2 years of supervisory capacity OR BS in related field from an accredited university plus 5 years of related work experience, 3 years at a supervisory capacity Years of progressively responsible working experience may be substituted for portion of the academic requirement. Salary will be adjusted according to experience. For additional information or to apply, submit a CV and cover letter (PDF preferred) to wildlife.amsam@gmail.com. Applications will be reviewed as received but should be submitted by March 31, 2019 to receive full consideration.
  7. TERN COLONY MANAGER is needed on a project to restore rare and endangered terns to Bird, Ram, and Penikese Islands in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. This posting is for a Bird/Ram Manager only. These islands support nearly half the North American population of the federally endangered Roseate Tern; active management to protect the population is critical to recovery. Activities include censusing of Common, Roseate, and Arctic Terns; monitoring tern growth and productivity; trapping and banding adults and chicks; participating in studies of terns carrying PIT-tags; reading bands on adults through spotting scopes; monitoring productivity of American Oystercatchers; discouragement, control, censusing, and monitoring productivity of Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls; habitat management; maintaining field notebooks; and data management. Manager will supervise interns/assistant and write an end-of-season report. A base crew of 2-3 people will travel to islands on a daily basis in a small boat on an irregular 6 day/week schedule. Mainland crew house will be provided. Candidates should be self-motivated, organized, mature, have a strong work ethic, pay close attention to detail, be able to live and work cooperatively with others, be able to maintain a positive attitude under a heavy workload, and be in good physical condition. Preferred: Experience handling outboard motorboats, previous supervisory and bird banding experience, and willingness to use own vehicle. Work on weekends and holidays is expected. Persons hired will spend significant time in Southeastern Massachusetts, but may also report to the Westborough field office for up to 2 weeks at the end of the employment period. DATES (somewhat flexible) –~1 May to ~31 July. SALARY –$16-22/h TO APPLY: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. You must apply online via the MassCareers website. Emailed applications will not be accepted; email address (carolyn.mostello@mass.gov) is for questions only. Go to: https://www.mass.gov/find-your-future-commonwealth-job. Click on “Start Your Career - Find a State Job (External Candidates),” type “tern” in the Keyword bar, and scroll down to find job. From the job description, click the “Apply Online” button: you will be prompted for your user name and password. (New users must register on MassCareers.)
  8. AVIAN POINT-COUNT TECHNICIANS (2) needed for a study of breeding landbirds on ranches in eastern Montana and South Dakota (May 14– July 31) for the World Wildlife Fund- Northern Great Plains Sustainable Ranching Initiative (WWF-SRI). Technicians will collaborate directly with WWF Ecologists and with Ranchers on private ranches in eastern Montana and South Dakota. Data will inform grassland bird conservation and promote bird-friendly ranching practices. Duties consist of standardized avian point count surveys, vegetation surveys and data entry. Technicians will travel across diverse habitats identifying hundreds of bird species. Technicians must be able to attend training in Lewistown, Montana starting May 13. Qualifications Qualifications include: 1) the ability to communicate and work effectively with the IBO supervisor, WWF Ecologists, and with Ranchers (2 the ability to identify 200+ species of Western birds by sight and primarily by sound 3) the ability to work independently (alone ≥90% of the time) for the duration of the field season 4) strong physical/mental endurance to complete 1 survey per day per 9-day hitch 5) the ability to navigate off-trail in remote, densely-vegetated, steep and rugged landscapes using topographical maps and GPS units 6) a willingness to work in landscapes occupied by apex predators (bears, mountain lions and rattlesnakes) 7) and careful and accurate data collection/entry/management. Solo backpacking trips may be required. Technicians must provide their own backpacking/camping gear. Each applicant must possess strong interpersonal skills in order to communicate and work effectively with private landowners, fellow technicians and WWF and IBO supervisors. This is a fulltime position for the duration of the project (May-July). Hourly pay rate is $13-$14+/hr DOE (PLUS a $3.75/hr. Per Diem which amounts to an additional $1,000 over the season). Surveying requires EXTENSIVE DRIVING between sites on both paved and dirt roads. Technicians must have a valid driver's license and EITHER use their personal 4WD vehicle (work-related mileage will be reimbursed at the standard state rate) OR IBO can provide a rental SUV. Please send a resume, cover letter, and at least three references (in ONE Document) via e-mail to Christian Meny: christianmeny@boisestate.edu. Please put “2019 MT IMBCR Applicant- (w/ Name)” in the subject line. Positions will be filled as soon as suitable applicants are found. 2018 Field Protocol for Spatially Balanced Sampling.pdf
  9. We are seeking highly motivated international PhD and Master Students to join our group in September 2019. Based in Beijing Forestry University, China, our studies use species such as black-throated tit, silver-throated tit, and great tit, to answer questions in life history, behavioral ecology and population ecology, from the perspective of adaption and evolution. Potential projects will include cooperative breeding behaviors of black-throated and silver-throated tits in relation to benefits and costs and kin selection, and the function and fitness consequence of behavioral laterality (i.e. footedness) of great tits. The successful applicants can work on existing research projects, or develop an independent project within the research interests of the lab. Funding for research projects will be provided, and the selected candidates will have an opportunity to apply for Chinese Government Scholarship which can fully or partially cover tuition, accommodation, stipend, and medical insurance. Applicants for the Master degree program should have a Bachelor degree, while applicants for Doctor degree program should have a Master’s degree. All applicants are expected to possess strong interests in ornithology, animal behavior, and ecology. Also, the candidates who have strong writing and oral communication skills, and an ability to work independently and within a team, are preferred. For information about the graduate programs for international students at Beijing Forestry University, please visit http://www.studybeijing.com.cn/English/. For information about some of our research projects, please visit our website http://www.luckytit.cn. Deadline for application is April 15, 2019, but applications are expected to apply as earlier as possible. If you have interests, please email Dr. Jianqiang Li (luckytit@163.com) a cover letter explaining your research interests and qualifications, a CV, and names and contact information of three references. Informal inquiries are also welcome.
  10. I am pleased to announce that Powdermill Nature Reserve will be holding an “Ageing Birds with Molt Limits” workshop in September 2019. Spring “Ageing Birds with Molt Limits” Workshop: Wednesday, September 18 through Sunday, September 22. The workshop will begin before dawn on Wednesday (9/18) and end Sunday (9/22) at noon. Participants will want to arrive Tuesday evening (9/17) prior to the workshop. The majority of time will be spent in the field with live birds, and these sessions will be complemented with afternoon presentations and discussions. This workshop is an excellent primer for NABC (North American Banding Council) Bander Certification as we will cover banding ethics, banding methodology, molt terminology, and use of the Pyle Guide. The focus of this workshop is on training participants to age and sex passerines via plumage and molt limits, and will include discussions on molt terminology and how to decode the “Pyle Guide”. Participants are expected to have prior experience handling and extracting birds from nets. The cost is $750 per person and includes on site lodging (with kitchen) and breakfast. This workshop will be NABC-approved. To sign up please fill out the following Google Form: http://goo.gl/forms/kaQiLhs1aZ
  11. A University of Otago study has shown the positive impact bird poo, or guano, has on coral growth in tropical seas. Published online in the respected scientific journal Scientific Reports, the study Seabird nutrients are assimilated by corals and enhance coral growth rates demonstrates that seabird nutrients can significantly boost coral growth rates, offering a positive news story in a decade that has documented dramatic declines in reef health and percentage cover. View the full article
  12. Sequoia ForestKeeper is seeking two summer associates to spend the summer in the Sequoia National Forest performing forest health monitoring, water monitoring, wildlife surveys, and botanical surveys. Applicants must be prepared to camp in the forest for part of the season. This is an excellent opportunity for students who love the outdoors to get real experience in practical scientific forest research. Training in basic identification, orienteering, and app use will be given. Students with knowledge of GIS systems are strongly encouraged to apply, but it is not necessary. Data will be used to ensure that decision makers and the public are fully informed about the potential effects of activities proposed for implementation in Sequoia National Forest. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Wildlife monitoring Forest vegetation surveys Water quality testing Data entry Report writing Presentation of findings Qualifications: Graduate with a BS in ecology, conservation biology, environmental sciences, natural resource science, or related field or a capable undergraduate seeking the same. Skills in identifying wildlife or plants by sight Own smart phone or camera for photographing lifeforms to include on eBird, CalFlora, and iNaturalist projects Own vehicle that is suitable for travel on dirt roads – mileage will be reimbursed Backpacking experience and equipment a must Orienteering with handheld GPS unit and compass preferred Salary: $11.00 per hour – 320 hours total Housing will be provided. Start Date: June 17, 2019 – no exceptions – 8 full-time weeks
  13. Conservian Bahamas May 2019 Live-aboard Schooner Expedition: Shorebird Habitat Conservation- Coastalbird.org Volunteer Shorebird Field Assistant with Scholarship Conservian is seeking a few enthusiastic volunteer field assistants for our Bahamas shorebird habitat conservation project in May 2019 aboard our 75ft research schooner. Field assistants will assist project director with daily project activities. The focus of the work is surveying for beach-nesting bird and seabird breeding pairs, nests, and young, and working with local volunteers to implement protective measures in the field, and control invasive Australian pine. Focal species include Wilson’s Plovers, American Oystercatchers, Least Terns, and other colonial nesting species. Assistants will record data on breeding pairs, habitat assessment, and human-created disturbance. Assistants will complete various data forms, perform data entry, and help director supervise field crew and local volunteers. Assistants will also assist director with daily planning/prep duties onboard the research schooner. This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable field experience for your resume’. Trip cost per week is $1,750 and includes your bunk, onboard meals, water, and ground transportation associated with project. Participants will fly to the Bahamas to designated airports for shuttle transport to schooner. A valid passport is required. Airfare and insurance are not included. NOTE: Partial scholarships are available for qualifying applicants to cover up to ½ of live-aboard costs. MAY 2019 EXPEDITION DATES & LOCATIONS: Choose one week or more! Week 1: Joulter Cays & S. Andros- May 5-12 (Nassau Int Apt) Week 2: Northern Exumas - May 12-19 (Nassau Int Apt/Exuma Int. Apt) Week 3: All Exumas (including Great Exuma) - May 19-26 (Exuma Int. Apt/Nassau Int. Apt) Project Summary In 2019 Conservian and partners will continue on-the-ground protective and restorative measures to limit human-caused disturbance, and control invasive Australian pine at key Piping Plover, shorebird, and seabird sites in the Bahamas. Field volunteers will participate in collecting new data on shorebirds and seabirds of the Bahamas. Selected sites include globally and locally Important Bird Areas and national parks of the Bahamas, such as Joulter Cays National Park IBA, and Exumas Land and Sea Park, as well as additional key shorebird sites on S. Andros. Project partners include: BirdsCaribbean, Bahamas National Trust, International Conservation Fund of Canada, USFWS/NMBCA, LightHawk, Dow AgroSciences, Grand Bahama Nature Tours, Optics for the Tropics, Grand Bahama Port Authority, Bahamas Public Parks & Beaches Authority, Bahamas Environment, Science & Technology Commission, Rand Nature Center, Abaco Friends of the Environment, Treasure Cay Community Center, Royal Bahamas Police Force/Marine Support. Volunteer Field Assistants will work closely with project director to accomplish the below activities. Project Activities: · Protect, post & sign shorebird & seabird sites · Collect new data on nesting shorebirds & habitat · Observe/assist with bird banding (conditions permitting) · Control invasive Australian pine on beach habitats · Work with local volunteers to accomplish the above goals Our days will be filled with much adventure. We will work in both populated and remote areas, sail blue Caribbean waters, visit white sandy beaches, boat to little islands, conduct ground surveys for beach-nesting birds, nests, and downy chicks, and meet new people. We will work with local volunteers to post and sign shorebird sites and control invasive Australian pine. There will be time to fish, snorkel, and visit local island towns. Qualifications: Applicants must be responsible, adventurous, in good physical condition, enjoy working in teams and capable of walking several miles during warm weather in the Caribbean. Applicants must be comfortable living communally onboard a schooner and riding in small boats to access survey sites. If you would like to join our conservation crew for a week or more as a Volunteer Field Assistant: Please send 1) letter of interest 2) resume 3) names, email addresses and phone numbers of 2 references to Margo Zdravkovic: MargoZ@Coastalbird.org Please label all attachments with your name. The review of applicants is ongoing and will continue until positions are filled. Go to our website https://www.Coastalbird.org for more information about our 2019 conservation expedition. See link to short expedition video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SKzyFNY-h8&t=31s
  14. About the position One technician to assist Regional Diversity Biologist with Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse (CSTG) lek searches and surveys and Yellow-billed Cuckoo (YBCU) surveys in eastern Idaho. Technician may also assist with other game and non-game surveys/research, data management, GIS, and report writing. Applicants are encouraged to apply or inquire ASAP. Position is approximately 4.5 months (early April - Aug 15). Shared government housing is available (small deposit required). General Information: Applicants must, with or without reasonable accommodations, be capable of working in inclement weather, walking several miles per day over rough terrain and through standing water, and safely operating trucks, trailers, 4x4's, canoes, and kayaks. Responsibilities: From early April through May, technician will check CSTG leks to verify management status and conduct standardized searches for new leks. From June through August, technician will conduct standardized transect surveys for YBCU, conduct riparian vegetation assessments, and enter data. Technician will also be required to identify western riparian bird species and record eBird checklists. Technician must be comfortable working from a jet boat (operated by permanent staff) on large rivers and hiking/wading through moving water. Technician will be required to attend a USFWS YBCU survey training course while on the job. During YBCU surveys, oversight and planning will come from both IDFG and Intermountain Bird Observatory (project partner) staff. Qualifications: Applicant must be available by early April and able work through mid-August . Ability to identify (or quickly learn to identify) Western riparian bird species. Ability to work effectively and efficiently in dense riparian habitat with mosquitoes. Experience with topographical maps, GPS, rangefinders, field data collection and data entry. Ability to communicate effectively with various agency and NGO personnel as well as private landowners. Ability to work as part of a 2-person team. Bachelor's degree in Biology, Wildlife, or a Natural Resources field preferred but not required. A valid driver's license is required. Salary: 12.41/hr Employment Dates: 4/1/2019 to 8/15/2019 How to Apply Complete an IDFG Application for Temporary Employment found at https://idfg.idahogov/jobs/application-temporary Submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Matt Proett (matt.proett@idfg.idaho.gov) AND Stephanie Coates (stephaniecoates@boisestate.edu). Please type "IDFG bird survey technician application" in the subject line of email. Please make reference to Job Services posting number 1165096 in the cover letter. Additional Comments: EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date. URL: https://idfg.idaho.gov/jobs/application-temporary Contact: Matt Proett Email: matt.proett@idfg.idaho.gov Phone: 208-535-8030
  15. The Education Department at Tracy Aviary seeks a mature, highly motivated educator experienced with nature program facilitation and evaluation to join its Education Team for a seasonal educator position. The duties of this position will involve preparation and facilitation of nature programs focused on the Jordan River. It will also include networking with communities near the future site of Tracy Aviary’s Jordan River Nature Center to determine how people already interact with the Jordan River and what additional opportunities to connect with the River they would like. This position has an approximately 30-40 hour work week. We seek candidates who are able to start April 30, 2019, and end no sooner than August 15, 2019. Wage: $9 per hour Minimum Qualifications · Nature program facilitation and curriculum development experience · Basic knowledge of child development · Experience collecting, entering, and analyzing data · Experience in effective communication, both in person and through phone and email · Demonstrated interest in a career in the field of Education · Demonstrated interest in nature and ecology · Effective in working well collaboratively and managing time efficiently · Highly motivated and innovative, well organized, eager to take on new tasks and meet commitments · Ability to work full-time for the entire season between April 30, 2019 and August 15, 2019. Additional and Preferred Qualifications · A bachelor’s degree in education, natural resources, environmental studies, conservation, biology, zoology or related field from an approved college or university. Applicants still working toward a degree will be considered. · Knowledge about regional birds, avian ecology, natural history of the area · Certification in CPR and First Aid · Skills in presenting to mixed age groups · Proficiency in word processing, layout, and editing · Familiarity with learning assessment tools and strategies Application Requirements Position available starting April 30, 2019. Open until filled. Applications are being accepted immediately. No telephone calls please. Send a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to Anne Terry, Jordan River Nature Center Site Manager, at annet@tracyaviary.org. Visit www.tracyaviary.org for more information about Tracy Aviary.
  16. Title: Science Director FLSA Status: Full Time/Exempt/Salary Reports to: Chief Conservation Officer Direct Reports: Program Manager, Deputy Science Director, Special Species Lead, Biometry Lead, Landscape Ecologist Location: Fort Collins, CO Salary: Salary commensurate with experience Benefits: Eligible – paid time off, Simple IRA w/match, medical, dental & vision insurance Purpose: Manages the Science Team including budgeting, hiring, partnering with other organizations, and setting team priorities that align with the organization’s strategic plan. Member of the BCR Leadership team. About the Organization: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (BCR) is a 501-c(3) non-profit headquartered at the Environmental Learning Center at Barr Lake State Park with a satellite office in Fort Collins and fieldwork outposts in the Great Plains Region. BCR conserves birds and their habitats through an integrated approach of Science, Education and Stewardship. Our work radiates from the Rockies to the Great Plains, Mexico and beyond. We are innovative leaders in bird monitoring, research and stewardship. We support a dedicated team of scientists, educators and biologists. We have an annual budget of over $5 million, which is primarily from federal/state grants and agreements. The organization celebrated 30 years of conservation and education efforts in 2018. Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities: Lead the Science Team via supervision, coaching and mentoring of staff, hiring staff and coordination of the work of the team including: timely completion of project deliverables, tracking budgets, reviewing proposals, reports, and manuscripts Sustain and build external partnerships to accomplish the mission of Bird Conservancy through local, regional and national bird conservation meetings; serve on boards and committees as identified by the CCO. Build support for Science Team initiatives by developing and maintaining a public-private funding portfolio to support science work. Serve on the BCR Leadership Team, assists with setting strategic direction for the organization, helps create unified voice and positive working culture, incorporates relevant leadership meeting outcomes into Science Team activities and meetings. Works for cross team collaboration via regular communications and interactions on strategy, proposals, partner development, etc. Other Duties: Stay current with innovative monitoring and analysis techniques and conservation science Ensures Science Team works with Development Team and Communications Manager to support outreach events and needs, development events and activities and provides regular updates to Communications Manager regarding outcomes of work Other duties as assigned Knowledge, Skills and Experience required (unless otherwise noted): Master’s degree in biological sciences, natural resources management or related disciplines, 5+ years of progressive management experience, including for diverse teams of scientist-practitioners. Experience with avian research design, implementation, analysis, and report writing Strong understanding of scientific principles and ability to evaluate credibility of research and monitoring techniques Knowledge of avian natural history and ecology in the Rockies/Great Plains An understanding of data management and user access as it relates to partners’ needs for dissemination of scientific knowledge, guiding conservation action and land management decisions Exposure to Citizen Science as a means to engage others in our mission Knowledge of grant funded programs and experience managing grant based research Ability to work in and build broad partnerships Strategic-thinking with ability to foresee needs, opportunities, pitfalls and directions of new growth Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple deadlines and stay within budget Strong communication skills both written and verbal along with excellent interpersonal skills Flexibility to work occasional evenings, weekends, overnights Willingness to travel locally, regionally and potentially internationally Willingness to “roll up your sleeves” and be hands on Proficient in Microsoft Office Conditions of Employment: Upon hire, must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver's License with the ability to independently travel. Able to successfully complete a pre‐employment background check as part of the selection process. To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume with three professional reference listed to applicants@birdconservancy.org with the subject line Science Director. This posting will remain open until filled with applications reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls please. Please note relocation funds are not available for this position.
  17. HawkWatch International is hiring an Executive Director to lead the organization. The next leader of this growing organization must have: Enthusiasm for conservation, birds of prey, and the HWI mission Experience with business management for non-profit or NGO with staff of +/- 25 Science Foundation in raptor related biology and conservation, field sciences or academia Proven fund-raising capabilities Appreciation for the HWI mission is essential, as is inspiring others and bringing a high level of energy to the work of development, education and field operations. The successful individual will lead staff and volunteers to grow HWI’s capacity scientifically, educationally, and financially into a nationally and globally recognized conservation organization. The next leader must execute the strategic vision while building upon a team culture of trust and shared core values. Key for the successful candidate is experience leading and growing a similarly sized and focused organization. HWI Staff and Board are keen to continue recent growth and build upon the strong foundation of this 30+ year old organization. Staff and Board desire a leader that understands how to manage an organization, and has the energy to be involved in working towards a shared vision while creating independence by building trust. This individual will ideally have a science background, preferably in raptor biology or closely linked experience in conservation, education, ecology, or ornithology. This role will lead an organization with a focus on raptor-oriented research and education. Experience in these areas is necessary in order to direct the work and successfully network with partners, stakeholders, the greater raptor community and the general public. Long term growth is highly dependent on a leader with proven fund-raising capabilities, strong networking skills and a willingness to reach out to donors. The Executive Director is the spokesperson for the collective team and must be comfortable building relationships at multiple geographic scales. A key success factor will be experience with development strategies and an action-oriented focus to deliver. Opportunities to grow both nationally and internationally are substantial and necessitate a well-cultivated pipeline of major donors. HawkWatch International is poised to dramatically increase its impact, creative approaches, partnerships, and overall reach. We are looking for an Executive Director who can envision the HWI of the future and is able to lead the charge to successfully realizing that vision. Requirements · Advanced degree in science, business administration, communications, or relevant field. · Knowledge and experience in environmental conservation, ecology, ornithology, and birding. · Proven experience as Executive Director or in a similar managerial position. · Significant experience in developing successful strategies and plans. · Proven success in fundraising and networking. · In-depth knowledge of nonprofit management, governance principles, and managerial best practices. · Familiarity and comfort with monthly financials and annual audits. · Aptitude for analytical thinking, capable of creative solutions to solve problems thoroughly and rapidly. · Impeccable organizational skills, leadership abilities and the skill of collaboration. · Exceptional oral and written communication abilities and public speaking skills. · Ability to work from Salt Lake City, Utah Hours and Compensation Full-time (exempt), salaried staff position. Starting salary of $65,000–$ 75,000 (depending on experience and education), with excellent benefits package, including medical, dental and matching retirement plan. To apply: Send cover letter, CV/resume and contact information (phone #) for 3 references to Paul Parker, Executive Director, pparker@hawkwatch.org by April 19, 2019 Preferred start date: July 1, 2019 We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, etc. as we value a diverse and inclusive HawkWatch community. For more information on HawkWatch and our programs, visit www.hawkwatch.org.
  18. Vacancy Announcement Temporary Faculty Position Starting August 2019 Department of Wildlife JOB # 1920-31 Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty, staff, and administrators of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state DESCRIPTION: Humboldt State University’s Department of Wildlife invites applications for an academic year (full-time, 1.0 timebase) temporary faculty position in SPATIAL WILDLIFE ECOLOGY for academic year 2019-2020. Initial appointment will be for the Fall 2019 semester. Subsequent reappointment for Spring 2020 will be contingent upon satisfactory performance evaluation, budget and programmatic need. Depending on satisfactory performance evaluation, available funding and programmatic need we anticipate renewing this position in future terms. SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary is dependent upon the appointee's qualifications and experience. The current California State University Salary Structure is available at: http://www.humboldt.edu/aps/docs/salary/Salary-Schedule.pdf. Humboldt State University provides an excellent benefits package for faculty. Information about benefits plans can be found at: http://www.humboldt.edu/forms/node/934. PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: An earned PhD or equivalent terminal degree in Wildlife Management, Conservation Biology, Ecology or related field from an accredited college or university is preferred at time of appointment. Applicants with progress towards terminal degree completion by appointment date will be considered. The successful candidate must demonstrate the following: Experience and expertise in spatial wildlife ecology, with a solid working knowledge of spatial analyses; Experience and expertise necessary to teach a general course in wildlife ecology as well as an advanced course in spatial wildlife ecology; Commitment to and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds; Potential for effective teaching or teaching experience using a variety of methodologies; Interest and ability to teach a broad range of courses in the wildlife program; and Willingness to participate in the development of online learning experiences. At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. For information on University support for visa acquisition for temporary faculty, please visit the Faculty Immigration Resources page: https://extended.humboldt.edu/international-programs/immigration/faculty. Evidence of degree(s) is required at time of hire. Professional Duties: Instructional assignments may include: WLDF 301 (ecology and wildlife management), WLDF 468 (spatial wildlife ecology), WLDF 478 (population ecology), WLDF 485 and 585 (seminars for seniors or graduate students, respectively. Instructional assignments will be consistent with the programmatic needs of the department and students. The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members in temporary positions are teaching, maintaining office hours and working collaboratively and productively with colleagues. General Information The Department of Wildlife at HSU enjoys a strong reputation for excellent undergraduate and Master’s level graduate education balanced with active applied research. It is a thriving program with approximately 385 students and has experienced significant growth in recent years. Additional information about the Department of Wildlife can be found at: http://www.humboldt.edu/wildlife/. Application: Qualified candidates should submit the following materials through Interfolio: Click here to apply: https://apply.interfolio.com/60313 Letter of application; Curriculum vitae; Statement of Teaching Philosophy; Teaching evaluations, if applicable; Graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review); and Three confidential letters of recommendation (to be submitted through Interfolio). Additional application materials may be requested at a later time. Please direct any questions pertaining to this position, the Department of (Department Name), or Humboldt State University to: Rick Brown, Search Committee Chair Department of Wildlife Humboldt State University One Harpst Street Arcata, California 95521-8299 Phone (707) 826-3320 Email: rnb2@humboldt.edu Application Deadline: This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than April 15, 2019. Early response is encouraged. See more photos at Humboldt State University’s Flickr page. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Evidence of required degree(s), certifications(s), or licenses(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. A background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) must be completed satisfactorily as a condition of employment with the CSU. Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Adverse findings from a background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. All CSU employees are obligated to respond to and report incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. The successful candidate for this position will be mandated to receive relevant training on an annual basis. The person holding this position is considered a ‘limited reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. New employees hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2017 are subject to a 10 year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits. Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. If accommodations need to be made during the recruitment and interview process, please contact Human Resources at (707) 826-3626 or hsuhr@humboldt.edu.
  19. Vacancy Announcement Temporary Faculty Position Starting August 2019 Department of Wildlife JOB # 1920-30 Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty, staff, and administrators of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state DESCRIPTION: Humboldt State University’s Department of Wildlife invites applications for an academic year (full-time; 1.0 timebase) temporary faculty position in APPLIED AVIAN ECOLOGY for academic year 2019-2020. Initial appointment will be for the Fall 2019 semester. Subsequent reappointment for Spring 2020 will be contingent upon satisfactory performance evaluation, budget and programmatic need. Depending on satisfactory performance evaluation, available funding and programmatic need we anticipate renewing this position in future terms. SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary is dependent upon the appointee's qualifications and experience. The current California State University Salary Structure is available at: http://www.humboldt.edu/aps/docs/salary/Salary-Schedule.pdf. Humboldt State University provides an excellent benefits package for faculty. Information about benefits plans can be found at: http://www.humboldt.edu/forms/node/934. PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: An earned PhD or equivalent terminal degree in Wildlife Management, Conservation Biology, Ecology or related field from an accredited college or university is preferred at time of appointment. Applicants with progress towards terminal degree completion by appointment date will be considered. The successful candidate must demonstrate the following: Experience and expertise in applied avian ecology, natural history, conservation &/or management; Ability to identify western birds; Commitment to and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds; Potential for effective teaching or teaching experience using a variety of methodologies; Interest and ability to teach a broad range of courses in the wildlife program; and Willingness to participate in the development of online learning experiences. At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. For information on University support for visa acquisition for temporary faculty, please visit the Faculty Immigration Resources page: https://extended.humboldt.edu/international-programs/immigration/faculty. Evidence of degree(s) is required at time of hire. Professional Duties: Instructional assignments may include: WLDF 365 (ornithology), WLDF 42x (conservation and management of a specific group based on candidate’s experience), WLDF 301 (ecology and principles of wildlife management), WLDF 478 (population ecology), WLDF 485 and 585 (seminars for seniors or graduate students, respectively) or WLDF 495 (Senior Projects and Thesis). Instructional assignments will be consistent with the programmatic needs of the department and students. The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members in temporary positions are teaching, maintaining office hours and working collaboratively and productively with colleagues. General Information The Department of Wildlife at HSU enjoys a strong reputation for excellent undergraduate and Master’s level graduate education balanced with active applied research. It is a thriving program with approximately 385 students and has experienced significant growth in recent years. Additional information about the Department of Wildlife can be found at: http://www.humboldt.edu/wildlife/. Application: Qualified candidates should submit the following materials through Interfolio: Click here to apply: https://apply.interfolio.com/60312 Letter of application; Curriculum vitae; Statement of Teaching Philosophy; Teaching evaluations, if applicable; Graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review); and Three confidential letters of recommendation (to be submitted through Interfolio). Additional application materials may be requested at a later time. Please direct any questions pertaining to this position, the Department of Wildlife, or Humboldt State University to: Rick Brown, Search Committee Chair Department of Wildlife Humboldt State University One Harpst Street Arcata, California 95521-8299 Phone (707) 826-3320 Email: rnb2@humboldt.edu Application Deadline: This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than April 15, 2019. Early response is encouraged. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Evidence of required degree(s), certifications(s), or licenses(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. A background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) must be completed satisfactorily as a condition of employment with the CSU. Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Adverse findings from a background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. All CSU employees are obligated to respond to and report incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. The successful candidate for this position will be mandated to receive relevant training on an annual basis. The person holding this position is considered a ‘limited reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. New employees hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2017 are subject to a 10 year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits. Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. If accommodations need to be made during the recruitment and interview process, please contact Human Resources at (707) 826-3626 or hsuhr@humboldt.edu.
  20. It's not uncommon for young adults to pitch in and help out with the care of younger siblings. But it turns out that sometimes birds choose to become avian au pairs rather than raise their own brood. View the full article
  21. A study of the world's earliest known dinosaur eggs reveals new information about the evolution of dinosaur reproduction. View the full article
  22. This week marks a significant milestone in the conservation and recovery of the endangered whooping crane. On March 11 and 13, the U.S. Geological Survey's Patuxent Wildlife Research Center transferred its last two cranes of the approximately 75 that were in its flock to other institutions, closing out more than 50 years of the center's whooping crane research and captive breeding success. View the full article
  23. We are looking for a volunteer field assistant for our study on the breeding ecology and cuckoo parasitism in Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreusfrom April 20 to June 30, 2019. The project will be conducted in Dagang Forest Farm, Jilin, Jilin Province, in northeast China. You are expected to assist in catching and handing adults, searching nests, checking nest boxes, monitoring the breeding process and conducting experiments, etc. During the process, you will have opportunities to learn field skills of ornithological research, see many bird species of northeast China (e.g. Ural Owl, Black Woodpecker and Red-crowned Crane and so on), and experience Chinese food, tradition and culture. The project will cover all work-related expenses during the volunteering period (i.e. housing, foods, and traffics, etc.), but there is no salary, and the assistants are responsible for their travel to and from China. This is an excellent opportunity for those who wish to gain valuable field skills or who wish to pursue a career in an ecology related field. No previous field experience or bird handling is necessary as you will get one-to-one training. To apply: Please contact Jinggang Zhang at "zhangjg@mail.bnu.edu.cn". The application should include (1) a short CV, (2) the dates you will be available for the project, and (3) the names and contact information of at least two references. We are looking forward to you! Jinggang
  24. Description Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship Wildlife rehabilitation is the care of sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife for return back into the wild. The internship will give interns the opportunity to learn about many aspects of wildlife rehabilitation. Interns will work with staff and seasoned volunteers to help wildlife patients. Some of the practical skills learned will include individual species identification, behavior, and natural history, wildlife husbandry, animal handling, infant animal feeding, and medical care. While West Sound Wildlife Shelter is committed to both rehabilitation and education, interns will not be working directly with our permanent resident education animals. Responsibilities Job duties Setting up and maintaining animal enclosures Cleaning: cages, dishes, floors, laundry Diet preparation (includes preparing dead prey - you will not be excluded from consideration if you are uncomfortable with dead prey diet preparation) Patient handling and proper restraint techniques Infant care: In the hospital nursery including but limited to: Small mammals (e.g., chipmunks, opossums, and squirrels) Songbirds (wrens, sparrows, robins, swallows) Raccoon nursery Waterfowl nursery (geese, gulls, several duck species) Enrichment (cage setup, diet and supplements, foraging behaviors) Assessment of animals for meeting requirements for weaning, moving outside, and release Assisting with animal intake and physical examinations, and medication administration Other tasks as required Requirements Applicants must have current students or recent graduates with a general interest in wildlife. Preferred applicants have coursework in biology and ecology. Applicants must fill out an online application at https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=1126822639 and email resume and transcripts (unofficial ok) to fawn@westsoundwildlife.org All applicants must have: a current tetanus shot proof of health insurance or willing to sign a waiver housing and reliable transportation All applicants must be able to: work independently, and cooperatively with co-workers and volunteers be on your feet for long stretches of time (6+ hours) carry 30 pounds work evenings, weekends, and/or holidays communicate via email speak, read and write the English language fluently Understand that this is an UNPAID position This position may not be suitable for an individual with an auto-immune disorder or who may be pregnant
  25. MSc opportunities, Fall 2019. Diet or exercise? How do birds cope with transitions in workload associated with parental care or fledging? I am looking for MSc students to join my lab as part of my long-term NSERC-funded work on avian reproduction. Several potential projects are available with a focus on behaviour or physiology exercise or training during parental care and post-fledging activity. This work will take advantage of an automated radio-tracking system we set up in 2015 for European starlings, and/or a training system for captive-breeding zebra finches. General requirements: Strong academic background (GPA >3.0 and >3.5 for PhD), a commitment to graduate school and basic research, and a genuine interest in integrating behaviour, physiology and evolutionary biology. Experience with radio-telemetry, blood sampling, banding, GIS or physiological analysis an advantage but not essential. This work will be based at SFU with fieldwork in the Lower Mainland, BC. For more information contact: Tony D. Williams, Dept. Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, V5A1S6, Canada, tdwillia@sfu.ca; Lab web page https://tonydwilliamslab.weebly.com/
  26. Fundamentals of Songbird Banding Workshop Hosted by Klamath Bird Observatory at Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon Klamath Bird Observatory (https://www.klamathbird.org)is offering a Bird Banding Workshop at its Upper Klamath Field Station in southern Oregon on August 5-9 2019. This is a North American Banding Council (NABC)-approved training session instructed by certified Trainers. Registration fees contribute directly to funding our long-term monitoring and banding training program. This four day workshop will combine morning sessions learning hands-on in the field with afternoons in the classroom and provide participants with an excellent opportunity to experience an active bird monitoring station and learn the theory and skills required to operate it. Participants will receive training in bird safety, mist net use and maintenance, data collection, bird identification, bird banding, and sexing and ageing techniques. The workshop program is designed as a comprehensive introduction for those with little to no prior experience but is also appropriate for more experienced banders looking to build upon their existing skills and knowledge. Participants should not expect to emerge from this workshop as fully qualified bird banders, however, this course provides an excellent start in preparation for those interested in pursuing the NABC Bander certification. This workshop is designed for undergraduate and graduate students, bird observatory volunteers, naturalists, and others interested in pursuing careers in ornithology or assisting at bird banding stations. The non-refundable registration fee is $1,600 per person. Registration includes all meals (as well as beverages and snacks) beginning with dinner Monday, August 5th, and ending with lunch Friday, August 9th. There is space for free tent camping at KBO’s Upper Klamath Field Station and lodging is available nearby at the Rocky Point Resort, Comfort Point Lodge, and Harriman Springs Resort and Marina. Join us for a top-notch banding learning experience and help support Klamath Bird Observatory’s long-running monitoring and training program. For more information, and to register, please contact Lauren diBiccari at led<AT>klamathbird.org. Registration deadline is July 15, 2019.
  27. The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) and the Opossum Creek Retreat are offering a beginner bird banding class April 20-26, 2019. The class will be held in the beautiful Appalachian mountains of West Virginia during the midst of migration and you can expect a wide variety of warblers, thrushes, mimids, etc. to be captured during the week. And, your accommodations are just minutes from the stunning New River Gorge. The class can accommodate many skill levels, from those who have never handled a bird to those with good experience that want to fill in their banding and molt limits and plumage knowledge gaps, all under the eye of an experienced IBP instructor. These classes cover: operation of mist-nets and safe extraction of birds; bird-handling skills; in-hand ageing and sexing techniques; scoring and recording data using MAPS protocol and forms; avian life histories, energetics, molts, and plumages; banding ethics, the permitting process; and the role of banding in research and monitoring. The instructor, Ron Taylor, has been teaching banding classes for over 15 years and is always patient, enthusiastic, and thorough in sharing his knowledge about molt, plumages, and ageing with students of all experience levels. Please contact the class host, Keith Richardson (email:retreat@opossumcreek.com; phone: 888-488-4836) to register or for more information about the class. For more information about additional classes taught by instructors from The Institute for Bird Populations, please visit IBP's Bird Bander Training page.
  28. The little owl, Athene noctua, is a small nocturnal owl and is classified as an endangered species on the German Red List. In recent years the existing population of little owls has successfully been stabilized in the south-west of Germany, and in some places numbers are even rising. In neighboring northern Switzerland on the other hand there is still no established population of little owls, even though habitat conditions seem suitable for the species. Now, a team of researchers headed by Severin Hauenstein from the Department of Biometry and Environmental Systems Analysis at the University of Freiburg has researched whether juvenile little owls from Germany could reach and re-colonize northern Switzerland. The scientists have published their results in the peer-reviewed journal Ecological Applications. View the full article
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